Sylvester Stallone played the part of Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva in the film Nighthawks
Date of birth 6th July 1946
Place of Birth New York, New York, USA
Birth name Sylvester Enzio
Nicknames Sly, Italian Stallion & Michael (as a teenager)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
According to Sylvester, he did not have a happy childhood. he was born in Manhattan. A forceps accident during his birth severed a facial nerve, leaving Sylvester with parts of his lip, tongue, and chin paralyzed.
Sylvester's parents divorced in 1957 and he was brought up by his Father. Sylvester has been enrolled in 12 schools and expelled several times for his behaviour problems. His grades were dreadful and his classmates picked on him for being different. At age 15, Sylvestor moved to Philadelphia to be with his mother and her new husband. By this time, he had begun lifting weights and was enrolled in Devereaux High School, a facility for emotionally disturbed children. There he took up fencing, football, and the discus. He also started appearing in school plays. Following graduation, Stallone received an athletic scholarship for the American College of Switzerland. While there he was a girls' athletic coach and in his spare time starred in a school production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The experience inspired him to become an actor and after returning stateside, he started studying drama at the University of Miami until he decided to move to New York in 1969.
Sylvester's big break came in 1976 with the film Rocky, it became one of the biggest movie hits of all time. It also won several Oscars including ones for Best Picture, Best Director for John Avildsen, and a Best Actor nomination for Sylvester.
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